Stop cuts to survivor safety phone program

Stop cuts to survivor safe phones program

A new phone can be a lifeline when a woman is escaping an abuser. It can help her stay safe, stay connected to support systems and service, and prevent further abuse.

Yet the Morrison Government is set to cut funding for the WESNET program that distributes smartphones to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in June. If this decision stands - 600 domestic violence survivors each month will miss out on a new 'safe' phone.

There's still a chance to keep this important program going -- sign the petition to join the campaign to save the safe phones program, and create a wave of backlash Minister Ruston and the Morrison Government can't ignore.

Help us get to 2,000 signatures

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Sign the petition:

To Social Services Minister Ruston and the Morrison Government,

Domestic violence is a national crisis, and our governments should be ensuring all the services that can help women and their children get safe are funded to meet demand.

We urge you to reinstate funding to the Safe Technology for Women program, to ensure they can continue providing safe devices to women escaping and recovering from violence.

Signed,

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Denyse , 3558  /  signed 2019-12-12 22:19:14 +1100
"These are not the programs to be cutting. You get a real, meaningful impact for not a lot of investment. This is not the time to be cutting these programs. I don’t care about a surplus if this is how you get it. And as a Christian, I despair at the cruelty of this government to the most vulnerable"
Kate , 2315  /  signed 2019-12-12 22:12:51 +1100
"Now is not the time for this organisation to lose its funding. Australian women need this now more than ever. Help keep us safe."
Charmaine , 4310  /  signed 2019-12-12 22:09:35 +1100
"Tech safety is crucial with victims of domestic and family violence! Just Google how many spyware apps you can download for FREE then you might understand how having uncompremised phones are! Please reinstate the funding for this vital program!"
Rachael , 3143  /  signed 2019-12-12 22:09:10 +1100
Sharon , 2800  /  signed 2019-12-12 22:08:21 +1100
"We need to be able to assist these ladies"
Barb , 4101  /  signed 2019-12-12 22:06:03 +1100
"Many violent men use phones and the internet to track and harass their ex-partners. It is crucial that women fleeing these men have a phone that is safe and working. The Safe Connections program that WESNET runs, provides many women with new smart phones and is helping them to stay safe and to be able to connect with others. Please don’t defund this vital program!"
Margaret , 3446  /  signed 2019-12-12 21:57:26 +1100
"This is a critical and essential service that helps to save lives."
Simon , 2779  /  signed 2019-12-12 21:50:04 +1100
"Simon Williams"
Brooke , 7010  /  signed 2019-12-12 21:33:37 +1100
"I work for the area who activates these phones and it is a vital service we need to keep going"
Jodie , 3550  /  signed 2019-12-12 21:30:39 +1100
"I work every day with women experiencing family violence and this service is crucial for them to stay safe! I really hope the government reconsiders!"
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